Two districts consider multimillion-dollar referendum due to rapid enrollment

Two districts consider multimillion-dollar referendum due to rapid enrollment

You won’t just see the names of candidates on the November ballot. Several school districts in our area are asking voters to approve referendums in our area.

The Middleton-Cross Plains School District and the Oregon School District held an information session Monday night. The districts are proposing multimillion-dollar referendums to keep up with enrollment growth.

“We’ve been the fastest-growing school district in Dane County for the past four years and we are overcapacity at both the elementary level and at the high school level,” Middleton-Cross Plains Superintendent George Mavroulis said.

On Nov. 6, residents within the boundaries of the Middleton-Cross Plain School District will see two questions on the ballot.

One will ask to approve spending $138.9 million for a new elementary school, renovations to the high school, a cafeteria at Park Elementary School and the conversion of the Clark Street Community School into an early learning center.

Question 1 will cost $114 a year per $100,000 in property taxes for 20 years. Question 2 will cost $85 a year per $100,000 and be recurring.

Residents within the boundaries of the Oregon School District will also see two questions on their ballot.

The first question will ask to approve $44.9 million to cover the construction of a new elementary school and the purchase of two land sites, including one for the elementary school and another for a future middle school.

The second questions ask for $2.1 million to cover operational costs.

“We are growing very fast and we want to keep up with it to serve our students best,” Superintendent Brian Busler said.

Question one will cost $56 a year per $100,00 in property taxes. Question 2 will cost $66 per $100,000 of property taxes.

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